Phil Mickelson, sentimental favorite and leader/co-leader every night of the U.S. Open, the guy who's somehow golf's everyman despite being a private-jet-flying multimillionaire, has once again fallen just short at the U.S. Open.
Justin Rose, an exceptional golfer whose time as a major winner has come, triumphed by two shots over Mickelson. Rose finished at +1 by playing smart golf, and even in the moments in which he had opportunities to fall short, controlled the damage. When he finished out with an unlikely par on 18, the toughest hole on the course, he dabbed at his eyes, the enormity of the moment finally catching up with him.
From there, it was just a matter of time. Mickelson hadn't even finished out the 17th when Rose tapped in his par putt on 18, so Rose had to watch as Mickelson tried to birdie either one of the two final holes to force a playoff.
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